Roland Kelts is a Lecturer at the University of Tokyo and a co-editor of the New York-based literary journal, A Public Space. His first novel, Access, will be published next year. His articles, essays, and stories have been published in Zoetrope, Playboy, Doubletake, Salon, The Village Voice, Newsday, Cosmopolitan, Vogue and The Japan Times, among others. He has lectured at New York University, Rutgers University and Barnard College, and he is a graduate of Oberlin College and Columbia University. He currently splits his time between New York and Tokyo.
Athena Mari Asklipiadis, of Japanese, Greek, Armenian, Italian, and Egyptian descent, was born and raised in Leimert Park, Los Angeles and holds a broadcasting degree from Pepperdine University. While pursuing a career in radio and voiceover, Athena began working in the multiracial community on websites Eurasian Nation, We Are Hapa, and Addicted to Race in the early 2000's. After recognizing a lack of mixed and minority bone marrow donors, she started Mixed Marrow in 2009. Athena was associate producer on award-winning documentary film, Mixed Match (2016) and currently operates Mixed Marrow as well as serving on the board of Multiracial Americans of Southern California. Her work with Mixed Marrow has been recognized by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and she is the recipient of the 2017 Awareness Award from Be The Match.